Standing on the fringes of the rugged North Yorkshire Moors and perched on the top of 600 foot high cliffs overlooking the North Sea sits the village of Ravenscar, the ‘town that never was.’

Ravenscar is situated mid way between the popular seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Go there and you will find the infrastructure and remains of a town that not so much died but was not really born at all. It is an example of a Victorian project to realise a dream a story of endeavour and ambition that went awry and ultimately failed.

Ravenscar and the surrounding area is a lovely picturesque and most interesting place to visit. Once there you can walk along Marine Esplanade, along The Crescent into Station Road, around Station Square and stand on the old platform. However, you will not find or see rows of magnificent Victorian houses. Instead only a few isolated buildings which stand as a reminder to the dream. You can take afternoon tea at the Raven Hall Hotel (formerly Peak House) and stroll through the landscaped ‘hanging’ gardens, admire the views along the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay. You can delight in the cliff top views and feel the bracing sea air against your cheeks and imagine how it all might have looked if the vision had come true.

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